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SMITH, Ruby Leuella (nee Westgard)
January 22, 1928 – March 29, 2016


On a prairie winter day, Ruby was born at her grandmother’s home in White Bear, Saskatchewan and delivered by none other than her grandmother. Ruby grew up on a farm near Kyle, Saskatchewan and attended Twilight School. After leaving school, Ruby worked at local grocery stores. It was at work that Ruby met Jack (John) Smith of Sanctuary. Jack and Ruby married January 29, 1949 in Calgary, Alberta. They worked there until April when they moved back to Sanctuary to the Abraham farm. In 1961, the birth of Charmaine made their family complete. They continued farming until 1969 when they moved to Strathmore, Alberta. Ruby worked at the Co-op, had her own ceramics business, and made and sold baking and crafts at the local farmers market. Jack passed away in 1987. Over the years, Ruby enjoyed visits with her grandchildren and daughter in Vernon. In 2007, Ruby moved into the Wheatland Lodge. She continued to remain productive right up until her death having crocheted and knitted hundreds of blankets, mitts, booties, and hats for Ronald McDonald House and the NICU at the Calgary Foothills Hospital. Ruby was predeceased by her husband, Jack; son-in-law Ted Treleaven; brother Sam; sister-in-law Gwen; sister Laura; and her parents Clarence and Melita. Ruby is survived by her daughter, Charmaine; grandchildren Lauren and Jordan; sisters Annie and Melita; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family. Her family would like to thank the staff at the Wheatland Lodge and Strathmore Hospital for their care and kindness. Memorial donations can be made directly to the Ronald McDonald House (111 West Campus Place NW, Calgary, Alberta, T3B 2R6), NICU at the Calgary Foothills Hospital (Calgary Health Trust, 800-11012 Macleod Trail SE Calgary, AB T2J 6A5) or S.T.A.R.S. Air Ambulance (Box 570, 1441 Aviation Park NE, Calgary, Alberta, T2E 8M7). A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at Strathmore United Church at 1:00 p.m. To send condolences, please visit Ruby’s obituary at


OLSON, Eric Julius Larry


It is with saddened hearts that we announce the passing of Larry Olson on March 22, 2016 at the age of 70 years. Larry was born February 1, 1946 in Calgary, AB and passed away surrounded by his family after fighting many years with heart and lung problems. Larry was the only child of Mabel (Godfrey) and Eric Olson, living his entire life in the Ardenode/Nightingale communities. He took pride in his community and was active in several committees and associations within the Strathmore area. He is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 40 years Darriel, his daughter Daneen and son Devin and Jen and his two adored granddaughters Everly and Tenley as well as many extended family members. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, March 26, 2016 at Strathmore Civic Centre (120 Brent Blvd., Strathmore) at 11:00 a.m. If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made in Larry’s honor to the Royal Canadian Legion, Strathmore Branch. The family would especially like to thank Dr. Fanning and his colleagues in Strathmore and Calgary, the Strathmore medical staff, the wonderful paramedics and Home Care professionals and his many friends for their unending love, care, and friendship to Larry and his family through the years. To send condolences, please visit Larry’s obituary at

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DeMott, Eugene
August 7, 1933 – March 12, 2016


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle. After a brief but courageous battle with pancreatic cancer, Gene passed away in his home on the Kootenay Lake, at the age of 82. Throughout his battle he was comforted by his loving wife Agnes and the presence of his family and friends. There are no words that can describe the sorrow and feelings of loss and the love that his passing leaves behind.
He is survived by his loving wife Agnes of 61 years, his daughter Suzette of Airdrie Alberta; Calvin (Linda) of Airdrie; Alberta, Douglas of Lacombe; Alberta, Scott (Laura) of Carseland Alberta; his brother Joe (Delores) of Drumeheller, Alberta and sister Ione of Wyoming, Ontario. Gene also left behind 7 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren, whom all adored him. , Brother and Sister in laws and numerous nieces and nephews.
Special Thanks to the Community Home Care Nursing services, of team one of the Kootenay Boundary Health Service area and the Nelson and District Hospice Society for their compassion care and services.
A private service with family and close friends will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be expressed at

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THOMPSON, John Benjamin


John Benjamin Thompson lived and farmed in the Duck Lake area for 85 blessed years. John was the youngest of four and grew up farming with his two brothers (Bill and George) and sister (Betty) on the family farm south of Duck Lake. John married Mae Hoff in 1956 and together they moved close by to start their own homestead. John was a kind and patient father to Kevin, Susan, and Russell. Through 60 years of loving marriage, John and Mae raised their family, farmed grain and cattle, and were faithful members of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and the communities of Duck Lake and Hussar. John was a respected neighbor and a humble, generous man. He was a devoted and beloved son, brother, uncle, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, and loved spending time with all the children in his life. He took great pleasure in cultivating the land and gently caring for all his animals from the milk cow to the chickens. He always spoke with fond remembrance of driving the big teams of work horses in years past. John remained an active farmer throughout his life, sharing the farming with his son Russell and family during the last few years. He was also a skilled carpenter, building many lovely pieces of furniture and several houses. After 85 years serving God, his family and his community, John passed away on March 11, 2016, surrounded by the love and gratitude of his family and friends. He leaves to remember him his wife Mae, brother Bill, children Kevin, Susan (Rick), and Russell (Linda), grandchildren Laura (Josh), Heather (Daniel), Jennifer, Ethan and Everett, and his great-grandchildren Brooke, John, Mason and Janine. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Hussar at 2:00 p.m. If desired, in lieu of flowers donations may be made to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. To send condolences, please visit John’s obituary at


MORRISON, Keith Fredrick


Keith Fredrick – age 70, of Strathmore Alberta, passed away unexpectedly, in Calgary at Seton Seniors Complex on February 29, 2016. Keith was born in Drumheller Alberta on June 7, 1945. Keith was married to Carrie (Chappell) on September 27, 2008. Keith worked as a farmer all his life in Delia Alberta with his family. He enjoyed all aspects of the rural lifestyle. He fondly remembers the time he spent with Carrie’s children on the farm. He could always count on Eric and close neighbors to help with the combining or whatever needed to be done. Later in life, Keith enjoyed RV’ing and travelling. He particularly enjoyed camping and spending time with his family. He was able to explore and take part in travel adventures such as memorable cruising trip on a tall ship. Keith enjoyed his visits with the grandchildren and liked hearing about Britnee’s curling adventures. Keith enjoyed watching hockey on TV, reminiscing about the farm and coffee time at Tim Hortons with friends. Keith is survived by his wife Carrie, his sister Jeannie (Barry), Step children Margaret (John), Raymond, Eric (Sue), Chris (Cheryl); Grandchildren: Matthew, Courtney, Nikki, Britnee, Ty, Brandyn, Angie, Jesse and families; Numerous Aunts, Uncles and Cousins, friends and special farm neighbors and other family and friends. Keith is preceded in death by his parents Harry and Doris Morrison. In lieu of flowers please donate In Memory of Keith to Muscular Dystrophy Canada. The funeral service will be held at the Delia United Church on Monday, March 7, 2016 at 1:00 pm.

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HERON, Ross Victor
July 11, 1932 at Cornach, Sk
February 19, 2016 at Strathmore, AB


A memorial service was held for Ross on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at Hope Community Covenant Church (245 Brent Blvd., Strathmore) at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Glenn Peterson officiating. To send condolences, please visit Ross’s obituary at

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Muenchrath, Bernard Emmett
December 8, 1930 – February 21, 2016


Bernie passed away peacefully in his home at Sagewood in Strathmore on February 21, 2016 at the age of 85 years. He was born on the farm at Rockyford on December 8, 1930 which is where he spent the majority of his life. After finishing school he worked for the railroad for a short time before marrying Alice Clark from Rosebud in 1954. They moved back to the family farm and began their life together. After a career of farming they moved to Rockyford in 1990 and semi-retired in 1995. Bernie had a great passion for farming; particularly raising Purebred Angus cattle and was still helping on the farm through the 2015 harvest season. After Alice’s death in 2009 Bernie continued living in Rockyford until 2013 at which time he moved to Sagewood in Strathmore. He enjoyed it there very much making many new friends as well as getting re-acquainted with old ones. Bernie also loved curling and picked up the sport again in his later years continuing on with it right up until his passing. He is survived by his children Kelly (Nora), Todd (Carrie), Russel (Shaunna); grandchildren Marina (Kent), Dawn, Alana, Riley (Casey), Kyla (Craig), Braden & Amber; great grandchild Taydee-May; sister’s Mildred, Kathleen, Doris (David), brother Donny and numerous nieces and nephews. Bernie was predeceased by his loving wife Alice, parents Tony & Ann, brothers Elmer, Gerald and Melvin. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, February 26, 2016 at Hope Community Covenant Church (245 Brent Blvd. Strathmore) at 1:00 p.m. To send condolences, please visit Bernie’s obituary at

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RISDON, Hazel Irene
June 27, 1920 – February 9, 2016


Hazel passed away peacefully at the age of 95 years. Mom was raised on the family farm near Nightingale, AB. After she married Ed Risdon, they lived in Calgary for a few years before settling on a farm near Glenmore Trail. Her hobbies were sewing and gardening, growing flowers both out in the yard and inside. Mom and Ed restored dolls and she sewed many outfits for them. Her dollhouse was moved into town where she continued her hobby. She enjoyed having different groups come in to view them and chat. Her collection was quite large when she moved into Sagewood. Left to cherish her memory are her children, Wayne (Marilyn), Bonnie (Ken), and Vicki (Nigel); her sister Myrtle; sister-in-law Yvonne (Ted) Stoodley; grandchildren Tracey, Dallas, Tara, Kelie, Shannon, and Shelah; and eleven great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Edward and her siblings Jack, Bill, Ted, and Tom. At Mom’s request, no funeral will be held. Donations in Hazel’s memory may be made directly to Wheatland and Area Hospice Society (P.O. Box 2154, Strathmore, T1P 1K2), formerly the Cheadle Lion’s Hospice Fund. To send condolences, please visit Hazel’s obituary at

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Payne, Robert (Bob)


It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Robert (Bob) Payne on January 29, 2016 at the age of 71. The youngest son of John Redvers and Zella Payne, Bob was predeceased by his brother Don and is survived by his sister Doris Stollings (George Tkach) of Red Deer. Bob leaves behind his beloved wife of 42 years, Shelley, children Tammy and Cory (Tara), grandsons Zach and Chaseton, nephew Bruce Stollings (Pam), and niece Lynn Manning (Dean).
Born in Trochu, Alberta, on May 22, 1944, Bob shared the limelight of his home town with a unique shoe store – perhaps the catalyst for his penchant of sandals with socks later in life. Bob had great enthusiasm for corny jokes and puns, always motivated by how big a groan he could elicit.
A proud central Albertan, he would always remark when passing through Trochu that it was the place where “Zella had a little Payne”. Achieving academic success at an early age - including a Governor General’s award - Bob had his choice of career paths. He chose to article at the firm of McKenzie Sheridan in Red Deer for his Chartered Accountancy, a designation he carried through the remainder of his life. After graduation, instead of pursuing accounting immediately, he fulfilled a challenge in faith and pursued the gospel calling by enrolling in Berean Bible College in Calgary. His bible college training was supported by his accounting profession. Within a couple of years, Bob then transitioned from accounting to his first pastorate in Hanna, Alberta. Bob continued his parallel careers, changing occasionally over the next 40 years between accounting and pastoring.
No matter where he was at in his profession, he always stayed close to his passion for sharing the good news of Jesus. Bob would often recount his unusual career path by reminding a questioner of the two certainties in life – death and taxes – and that he had a foot planted firmly in both camps.
In his spare time Bob’s passion for gardening was trumped only by a stimulating game of cards, be it Bridge or Crib – a skill he took time to instill with his grandsons.
Bob died in San Juan, Puerto Rico during one of his newest-found loves, cruising.
With full confidence in his salvation in Christ, Bob’s family comes together to celebrate Bob’s passing to Jesus’ loving arms. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 20, 2016, at Strathmore Alliance Church (First Avenue and Wheatland Trail) at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob’s memory are encouraged to be sent directly to The Mustard Seed (102 11 Ave. SE, Calgary AB, T2G 0X5). To send condolences, please visit Bob’s obituary at



With sadness we announce the passing on January 27, 2016 of a beautiful lady, our mother and grandmother, Leona Friesz Irwin. Born on June 4, 1923 in Rockyford, AB, she moved to Caroline as a teen. Working for the Slacks, she met & married Alfred Friesz in 1941 and had 4 children. After 40 years together, Alfred passed. She then met and married Ellwood Irwin in 1986, moved to Barons, AB and they had a wonderful 13 years together. She loved and was a member of the Eastern Star for over 65 years. She is survived by her daughter Sharlene (Bill), daughter-in law Carolyn, sons: Gary and Leslie, sister Edna Mae Hahle and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. She is predeceased by husband Alfred, husband Ellwood and son Marvin. Funeral Services to be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 6, 2016 in the Chapel of Mountain View Funeral Home, 1605 100 Street SE, Calgary, AB. In lieu of flowers, please donate to The Children’s Cottage Society, 845 McDougall Road NE, T2E 5A5. To express condolences, please visit:

October 24, 1931 ~ January 29, 2016


It is with sadness that Roy’s family announce his peaceful passing at home on January 29, 2016 at the age of 84 years. Roy will be lovingly remembered by Sharon, his wife of 37 years; his sister Christine Cote; his brother Gordon (Elsie); sisters-in-law: Joan Holm and Gail Holm; and seventeen beloved nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Anna and Kristian; brothers: Fred and Lars; two nephews: Ralph and Darrell; and his brother-in-law Joseph. Roy was a lifelong resident of the Standard - Hussar area. A Celebration of Roy’s Life will be held in the Chapel of Mountain View Funeral Home (1605 - 100 Street SE) on Friday, February 5, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. To express condolences, please visit:

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THIESSEN, Fredrick George


Fred Thiessen passed away at the Strathmore District Hospital on January 27, 2016, at the age of 76 years. He was born and raised on the family farm just south of Strathmore until 2010 when he moved into the Town of Strathmore. Fred is survived by three sisters and two brothers, Vera Sims, John (Elaine) Thiessen, Mary (Tom) Slimmon, Werner Thiessen and Hedy Mayes. Fred was predeceased by his mother Nellie Thiessen in 1991 and his father John Thiessen in 2007, and their first daughter, Alice, in infancy.
Fred will be sadly missed by family and friends. A special thank you to the staff at the Strathmore District Hospital for their excellent care and support.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, February 2, 2016, at Strathmore Alliance Church (First Avenue and Wheatland Trail) at 2:30 p.m. with Pastor Darrell Young officiating. In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, donations to the Strathmore District Hospital (200 Brent Boulevard, Strathmore, Alberta T1P 1J9) would be appreciated. To send condolences, please visit Fred’s obituary at


WARRACK, David Bruce


It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of David Bruce Warrack at the age of 71 years. Bruce passed away peacefully in his home on January 27, 2016 with Gwen, his beloved wife of 52 years by his side, after a brief battle with cancer. He was a loving father of three sons Jeff (Christine), Ron (Kelly) and Sonny (Michelle) of Cheadle and his daughter Jo-Anne Barrett (Mike) of Calgary. He was grandfather to 16 grandchildren, Russel, Rachel, Erin and Jack Warrack, Danny (Vanessa) Warrack, Katelyn Haffner (Mike) and Derek and Jill Warrack, Jake, Meg, Jemma, and Ray Warrack and Ashley, Amy, Ben and Brooke Barrett, and a great-grandfather of four, Cash Colpoys, Ella Haffner, and Peyton and Maci Warrack. They affectionately called him “Bobba”, “Bob”, Papa, or “B Dub”and he cared deeply about each and every one of them. He took extreme pride in how he could rattle off everyone’s birthdays and he would eagerly engage them in meaningful conversations at every opportunity. Bruce is also survived by his sister Linda Farris of Vancouver and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Jack and Edna Warrack and two brothers Robert and Melvin Warrack.


Bruce was born on August 20, 1944 and raised on his parents’ farm east of Cheadle, Alberta. He attended school in Strathmore and at Mount Royal College in Calgary. In 1963, he married a “gal a few hundred fence posts down the road”, Gwen Jones. Bruce and Gwen were the grandchildren of pioneers, who all settled their farms in the early 1900’s in the Cheadle and Langdon districts and they were proud to carry on that legacy. In 1966, Bruce and Gwen started “Bruce Farms Ltd” which became their life’s passion and had the privilege of watching it grow into the strong multi-generational family business it is today.


Bruce was dedicated to his family, and passionate about the land, cattle and things that endure. He was a great observer of life and people and he understood many things about nature, and human nature that few learn from books. A respected businessman and farmer in the community, he impacted everyone he met and inspired people with his strong character, honesty, wit and wisdom.

He was a quietly generous man, helping many friends and neighbors, even in the middle of the night, knowing they could always call on him for help. He was always willing to listen, offering his advice and words of encouragement to motivate people to go that extra mile in all things, which was certainly a value he practiced himself throughout life.


It is fitting that one of Bruce’s last wishes was to be privately cremated with his ashes to be scattered out on the farm that he loved, after the crop is sown this spring and the land is greening.

At Bruce’s request, a “Just passing through” celebration will be held at the Cheadle Hall on Friday June 10th, 2016 at 4:30pm.

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Corbiell, May Jeanette (Heather)


It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, May (Heather) Corbiell on January 19, 2016. May was born on the family farm on May 28, 1930 to George & Tillie Heather at Milo, Alberta. Mom attended school for grades 1-10 in the Milo area while completing grades 11-12 at Camrose Lutheran College. In 1948 May met her soul mate Damien Corbiell and was married on April 20, 1950. It was on the family farm, north of Cluny, that they raised three children Barry, Heather and Alan. Mom was an avid reader, loved to garden, and was also involved with many community groups, namely the CWL and sang for many years with the choir. They lived on the farm until 1987 when they retired into Strathmore. May leaves behind her husband Damien, the love of her life of 65 years; son Barry (Lindsay) Corbiell and their family Melanie & Justin Hardy, Michael Corbiell, Carmen Corbiell & Justin Corbiell; daughter Heather (Bruce) Johansen and their family Michelle & Murray Gordon, Trevor Johansen, & Bryce Johansen; and daughter-in-law Sharon Corbiell (Don Peters), and their family Reilly Corbiell, Lauren Corbiell, Stephanie Peters, Christa Peters & Jenny Peters. With a special place in mom’s heart were her 5 precious great-grandchildren Grayson & Avery Hardy, Owen & Trey Corbiell, and Brynlee Gordon. Mom also leaves to mourn 3 sisters, Harriett, Joanne, and Donna, and numerous relatives and friends. Mom was predeceased by son, Alan Corbiell on December 5, 2005. The family would especially like to thank Doctors Sader & Lobay, and Joelle Sonsteby for their exceptional attention and care they provided to mom over the years. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at Hope Community Covenant Church at 11:00 a.m. To send condolences, please visit May’s obituary at


WHITNEY, Dr. Norman


It is with sadness as well as a profound gratitude for a rich life, that we announce the passing of our father, brother, and friend, Norman John Whitney on January 6, 2016. Norman was greatly comforted in his last few days in the company of his family and many friends, all the while warmed by his Montreal Canadiens blanket, at the Veteran’s Health Unit in Fredericton, NB. The family wish to acknowledge the ongoing support of his many health care providers, and most recently the exceptional care and love that he received while at the Veteran’s Health Unit.
Norman was born a prairie boy in Langdon, Alberta on July 24, 1925, where he grew to be a man who knew how to farm, how to play hockey, how to soap train rails, how to catch gophers, and most of all, how to live in a way that cultivated optimism and demonstrated great respect for the world around him. After serving in the Navy and then receiving his BSc at the University of Alberta, he proceeded to head east to gain his MSc (University of Western Ontario) and PhD (University of Toronto). Norman immediately began his plant science career at a research station in Harrow, Southern Ontario.
Norman found his lovely bride, Karen, in London, Ontario, and they soon married and began to raise a family. Getting the “tap on the shoulder” as his calling to the ministry, he continued his eastward trek to Montreal where he would work in the field of science while achieving his Master of Divinity at McGill University. Ever a curious explorer, Norm then continued further East where he established a long career at both the University of New Brunswick as well as with the United Church of Canada.
Teacher and minister to so many during his full and colorful life, Norman was loved by many. He raised his family to understand the tangible applications of love, acceptance, inclusion, and community—while never wavering in his diehard commitment to social justice. His loving heart and great wisdom helped mend and restore many a broken situation, especially in his counselling practice. Norman was a master at building connections and relationships, and specifically he excelled in bridging the worlds of science and spirituality. Respected in many circles, Norman received his most notable recognition in 2006 as recipient of the Governor General’s Order of Canada.